Tuesday, 15 August 2017 08:51

Four held over leak of Games of Thrones episode in India Featured

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Four men associated with a partner vendor of network channel Star India, a distribution partner for HBO, have been arrested for leaking episode 4 of season 7 of HBO's blockbuster Game of Thrones.

The leak took place on 4 August, according to a report by Indian TV channel NDTV.

The Indian leak is unrelated to the hack and subsequent leak of material from HBO itself which was reported to have taken place in the last week of July. Episodes of episodes of Ballers and Room 104, along with a script reported to be from the fourth episode of GoT, were among those leaked at the time.

The people responsible have threatened to leak more material unless a ransom was paid.

The Indian leak, from Prime Focus Technologies, took place two days before the episode was due to be screened both in the US and India.

Another Indian site, Midday, quoted Prime Focus vice-president Shailesh Manohar as saying in his complaint to police that employees had been provided special IDs for storing and processing data on the company's servers which are accessible from Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

“The complainant has stated in the FIR (first investigation report) that recently, the fourth episode of season seven of Game of Thrones was stolen from the server, by access gained through the special ID of an employee named Abhishekh Ghadiyal.

"Later, the stolen data was sent out using the email account of one Mohammed Suhail,” a police officer said.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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